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Matthew Edward Harvey is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Harvey formerly dipped into Fitch Senior High School in Groton, Connecticut. After being drafted in the third round of the 2007 MLB draft by the Los Angeles Angels, he was drafted once again in the 2010 MLB draft by the Mets as the seventh overall choice. In his big league debut on July 26, 2012, against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Harvey set a new club record with 11 strikeouts while making his first career victory. Harvey had a breakout season in 2013, being selected to play in his first Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Harvey then missed the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery however went back to top form in 2015, leading the Mets to the pennant. His career has actually since been derailed by a number of injuries and ineffectiveness, including thoracic outlet syndrome and a stress fracture in the scapula.
After a 2013 publication cover compared him to Batman, Harvey and his fans have actually accepted “The Dark Knight” as his nickname.
Harvey was selected as the seventh overall pick by the New York Mets in the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Harvey was listed at 6′ 4″ and 210 pounds, batting and throwing right-handed.
After making the Mets’ Opening Day roster in 2016, Harvey lost his first two starts of the 2016 season. During his first start on Opening Day versus the ruling World Series champs, the Kansas City Royals he allowed 4 runs (3 earned) and did not appear his normal self, earning a few quantity of strikeouts and surrendering a large amount of hits. After observing Harvey pitch, it seemed that his normal velocity and command had actually disappeared while striking out couple of batters. Throughout the start of the season, Harvey appeared to be improving minimally and inconsistently. However, Harvey had a few quality begins, consisting of one where he went 7 complete innings while striking out 7 versus the Chicago White Sox, and one versus the San Diego Padres where Harvey struck out a season high 10 and gave up only 2 runs throughout 6 innings. However Harvey was not pitching as effectively as he was his previous season. Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen stated early in the season that Harvey had been dealing with a mechanical problem with his slider during his first 2 starts.
Throughout the 2016 season it was thought Harvey was having a hard time mechanically. Nevertheless, on June 15, he was put on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder discomfort. Harvey later on chose to have season-ending surgical treatment to solve a condition called thoracic outlet syndrome. Matt Harvey commented on his season-ending surgical treatment, “I’m dissatisfied in the way I pitched, and hope this remedies me and we return on track.” Harvey ended the 2016 season with a 4-10 record and a 4.86 ERA in 17 starts. Harvey was the recipient of the 2016 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award.
Returning from surgical treatment to fix his thoracic outlet syndrome, Harvey began the 2017 season 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in his first four starts. His struggles from 2016 then began to rollover to 2017, as he pitched improperly in the months of May and June. On May 7, 2017, Harvey was suspended for three games for breaking team guidelines. It was later on revealed that Harvey did disappoint as much as Citi Field the day in the past and was thought to have been out late during the night partying. Mets officials were sent out over to Harvey’s apartment to check on his well-being. On June 15, 2017, Harvey was placed on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his scapula that required surgical treatment as he was eliminated for 6-8 weeks. Prior to the injury, Harvey was 4-3 with a 5.25 ERA in 13 starts.